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Were ni! he is a madman [electronic resource] : a study of the management of psychiatric disorders by the Yoruba of Nigeria.

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Other Title:
Were ni! he is a madman
Publication:
London : Royal Anthropological Institute, 1963.
Series:
Ethnographic video online, volume 1
Format/Description:
Video
1 online resource (28 min.).
Subjects:
Divination.
Mental illness -- Nigeria.
Traditional medicine -- Nigeria.
Yoruba (African people) -- Mental health.
Form/Genre:
Ethnographic films.
Language:
This edition in English.
Summary:
This ethnopsychiatric film shows the management of psychiatric disorders by the Yoruba of Nigeria. There are two basic types of institutions to deal with psychiatric disorders. First there are treatment centres managed by herbalists and diviners with specialist knowledge of traditional psychiatric therapy. Second there are cult groups that provide a setting for the expression of otherwise socially unacceptable behaviour through ‘possession’ and masquerade dances. The film shows a number of aspects of both types of institution, including sequences of male Gelede masqueraders and women of the Egun possession cult. In spite of the diversity of ethno-medical practices which are portrayed, the film has been criticised for not drawing sufficient distinction between major and minor forms of healing.
Notes:
Electronic reproduction. Alexandria, VA : Alexander Street Press, 2012. (Ethnographic video online). Available via World Wide Web.
Contributor:
Prince, Raymond (Raymond H.)
Speed, Francis.
Alexander Street Press.
OCLC:
849666888
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.
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